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For reckless creatives who take the world into their own proactive hands.

Just Try Not to Die

Just Try Not to Die

“'Just try not to die' is my standard advice for anyone helming a first feature. I nearly did, and I wouldn't recommend it."

# Read # The Creative Mind # Independent
5 min read

What Festival Programmers Want You to Know

What Festival Programmers Want You to Know

Festival directors and programmers are just as passionate and dedicated to films as the filmmakers themselves. But filmmakers primarily regard them as key gatekeepers in the journey of seeking and building an audience.

# Read # The Collection # Independent
5 min read

How to Cut a Really Great Reel Every Time

How to Cut a Really Great Reel Every Time

Remember that your reel isn’t the full conversation—it’s the start of one.

# Read # Independent
4 min read

The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie - Part 1

The Making of a Micro-Budget Road Movie - Part 1

It felt selfish and tone deaf to be scratching out a screenplay of all things while the world was falling apart.

# Read # Independent
4 min read

Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers

Author of 'The Reincarnationist Papers,' Eric Maikranz, Discusses Trusting Your Readers

I didn’t talk about that because I was terrified that any artistic input that I might say … would end up diverting the course of this script one or two degrees from its true North and then it ends up in a deal that doesn’t get done.

# Read # Independent
1 min read

There’s No Crowdfunding Fairy and Also Santa Has Diabetes

There’s No Crowdfunding Fairy and Also Santa Has Diabetes

We need stories, and we need stories like yours. And you must believe and trust in that to get people to donate.

# Read # Independent
6 min read

How I Hacked the YouTube Algorithm for 150k+ Views

How I Hacked the YouTube Algorithm for 150k+ Views

Despite myself being an anxious asexual woman, I wasn’t a known entity in either of my other two segment communities yet. So, I started to do research.

# Read # Independent
6 min read

Film Festival Advice (From a Recovering Wasteful Submitter)

Film Festival Advice (From a Recovering Wasteful Submitter)

Do I have key art chock-full of laurels? Sure. Do any of those laurels actually mean anything to anyone? Um … let’s move on.

# Read # Independent
5 min read

Managing Self-Doubt in Crowdfunding and Marketing

Managing Self-Doubt in Crowdfunding and Marketing

Let’s find a strategy that works for you so you can go into the world confident and ready to share your story in the way most authentic to you.

# Read # The Collection # Independent
9 min read

Launch Party: The Practicalities of Taking an Impractical Leap

Launch Party: The Practicalities of Taking an Impractical Leap

I didn’t become a full-time writer because it would support me financially—I did it so I could finally feel alive.

# Read # Independent
7 min read

We Get There When We Get There

We Get There When We Get There

I don’t want to be famous. I don’t want to be the next ‘so-and-so’ anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on my grind—I still bleed this shit. But I’m just ... enjoying the ride.

# Read # Independent # Breaking In
6 min read

Layers of Self: How My Novel Grew Up With Me

Layers of Self: How My Novel Grew Up With Me

When I was nine years old, I handed my parents the synopsis of a then-unwritten book scrawled in my chaotic handwriting. I announced that I was going to write a novel and get it published. My parents believed me. I got to work.

# Read # Independent
9 min read

Actually, Your Movie Isn't "No Budget"

Actually, Your Movie Isn't "No Budget"

We all have the same $25, so why is my film not receiving accolades? It must be because I’m a failure as an artist and not because I didn’t get $20,000 worth of in-kind loans or volunteer labor offered by a cast and crew with expensive training and access to equipment.

# Read # The Business of Art # Independent
4 min read

Finding Creativity Within Constraints with Mark Duplass

Finding Creativity Within Constraints with Mark Duplass

Mark broke down creative struggles into three main stages—the creatively crashed, the creatively frustrated, and the creatively excited (albeit a bit directionless)—before providing ideas on how to push through each stage.

# Read # The Collection # Independent
5 min read

Can I Crowdfund If My Friends Are Broke?

Can I Crowdfund If My Friends Are Broke?

Best practices are not to entirely depend on your friends and family but for your first campaign or two, it’s largely unavoidable. So what can you do if your starting “crowd” is broke?

# Read # The Collection # Independent
3 min read
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